CPI demands inquiry into troop movement issue

Terming reports about "unusual" troop movements towards Delhi as "very serious", the CPI asked AK Antony to clarify what had actually happened.

Updated: Apr 04, 2012, 17:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Terming reports about "unusual"
troop movements towards Delhi as "very serious", the CPI on Wednesday asked Defence Minister A K Antony to clarify what had actually
happened and sought a probe into the incident as well as the
reported differences between the Army and the ministry.

"Unfortunately, this report has come in the backdrop of
reported misgivings between the army and the Defence Ministry.
There has to be a comprehensive inquiry into all these things.
These issues cannot be separated as these are matters
concerning national security," new CPI general secretary S
Sudhakar Reddy told reporters here.

"The Defence Minister should make a statement clarifying
what exactly had happened (regarding the army movement). It is
a very serious matter," he said when asked about the report
appearing in a daily.

The government has already rubbished the report about
"unusual" troop movement on the night of January 16-17 when an
entire mechanised infantry unit based in Hisar (Haryana) with
its fighting vehicles and a sizeable section of the Agra-based
50 Para Brigade began moving towards Delhi.

PTI